How To Be Your Own Literary Agent

How to Be Your Own Literary Agent takes the mystery out of book publishing for any writer, published or not.

Author: Richard Curtis

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 9780547524269

Category: Business & Economics

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How to Be Your Own Literary Agent takes the mystery out of book publishing for any writer, published or not. Richard Curtis -- a top literary agent for more than thirty years -- provides a comprehensive practical overview of the publishing process, from submissions to contract negotiations to subsidiary rights to marketing, publicity, and beyond. He also gives away trade secrets and invaluable wisdom -- candid advice that can be found nowhere else. Now completely revised and expanded, How to Be Your Own Literary Agent is essential reading for all writers. * Big publishers, small publishers, self-publishers, e-publishers: how to keep up in a rapidly changing business * The new breed of busy literary editors: how to find them and know what they're looking for * What the electronic revolution means to you, and how to take advantage of it * How to know your "publishing" rights and negotiate effectively * How to have a say in your book's design, jacket, and promotion * How book chains and superstores have altered publishing -- and what that means for you

How to be Your Own Literary Agent

HOW TO BE YOUR OWN LITERARY AGENT is the most practical and thorough guide to book publishing for writers.

Author: Richard Curtis

Publisher: Mariner Books

ISBN: UCSC:32106013913303

Category: Authors and publishers

Page: 285

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HOW TO BE YOUR OWN LITERARY AGENT is the most practical and thorough guide to book publishing for writers. Richard Curtis, a top literary agent for more than twenty-five years, provides a comprehensive overview of the publishing process, from submissions to contract negotiations to subsidiary rights to marketing and beyond. In this completely revised and expanded edition, Curtis takes into account the enormous changes in the publishing world over the past ten years. Included are new sections on what the electronic revolution means to you, and how to take advantage of it; the new breed of literary agents: how to find them and interest them in your work; how you can have a say in your book's design, cover art, jacket copy, and promotion; what author and agent organizations can do for you; how book chains and the superstores affect your chances of getting published; and why the American Booksellers Association convention is important to you. No other book provides such detailed and accessible information. For novices and veteran writers alike, HOW TO BE YOUR OWN LITERARY AGENT takes the mystery out of getting the best deal possible and ensuring happy publication.

How To Be A Literary Agent

If you don't have practical work experience, the next best thing is to have experience as a published author—being your own literary agent by selling your own works. If you have been successful selling your own books, you demonstrate ...

Author: Richard Mariotti

Publisher: Piccadilly Books, Ltd.

ISBN: 9780941599269

Category: Reference

Page: 192

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This book takes you step-by-step through the fascinating business of literary representation, covering everything from setting up your business, finding and working with writers, locating the best publishers, working with editor, and making the sale, to negotiating contracts. It reveals the many intriguing inside secrets about getting published. You will learn: • How to identify marketable manuscripts • How to turn good manuscripts into potential bestsellers • How to create persuasive query letters and convincing book proposals • Where to find and how to approach the right publishers • How to develop lasting business relationships with editors • The secrets of avoiding rejection • How to make unpublished authors book like professional writers • How to get the most money from publishers A valuable resource for those considering careers as literary agents, as well as writers who want to be their own agents. Writers don’t need agents if they know how to approach publishers, properly prepare and send submissions, and deal with editors—all of which are covered in this book. You will learn how to present yourself as a professional and get the same respect given to successful authors and agents.

The Writer s Relief Field Guide To Literary Agents

How do you begin to research literary agents who will want to represent your novel, memoir, or nonfiction book? As you know from our introduction, ... But if you're planning to find a literary agent on your own, that's okay too!

Author: Writer's Relief

Publisher: Writer's Relief

ISBN: 9780991301591

Category: Reference

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Whether you’re a new writer or a veteran author, finding a literary agent is the best hope for getting your book published. But, as any writer with a book project will tell you, capturing the attention and interest of a literary agent is easier said than done. You need a guide. The Writer’s Relief Field Guide To Literary Agents offers industry-insider secrets, tips, and advice on how to find the best literary agent to represent your book, including: · Do I even need a literary agent? · What literary agents do—and don’t do · Identifying the right agent for your book · The ultimate literary agent lure: The irresistible query letter · Red flags to watch for and avoid · How to best handle agent requests, rejections, and uncertainties · Make-or-break questions to ask your literary agent · Literary contracts—what you must know BONUS SECTION: The how, what, and why of author platforms It’s all here! In an easy-to-use, step-by-step guide based on over 20 years of publishing industry experience. Don’t miss this opportunity to own this essential handbook and get started on your pursuit of the ultimate author prize: a literary agent and publishing contract!

How to Write a Book Proposal

The Yearbook of Experts, Authorities & Spokespersons: An Encyclopedia of Sources, Mitchell P. Davis On Publishing Be Your Own Literary Agent: The Ultimate Insider's Guide to Getting Published, Martin P. Levin The Complete Idiot's Guide ...

Author: Michael Larsen

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781582977034

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 336

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The Source for Book Proposals Success! How to Write a Book Proposal is THE resource for getting your work published. This newly revised edition of the Writer's Digest Books classic outlines how to create an effective, nonfiction book proposal in a clear, step-by-step manner. You'll learn the keys to a successful book proposal and how to: • Test-market the potential of a book idea and effectively communicate that potential in a proposal • Choose the best agents and editors for a particular proposal • Create a professional-looking proposal package • Predispose publishers to make their best offer Notes agent and author Michael Larsen also provides insider insights into the publishing industry as well as a plethora of newly updated information including: • Recent changes in the publishing industry • Updated trend information • New sample proposals • Expanded instructions for creating outlines You'll also find complete guidelines to becoming an effective self-promoter. How to Write a Book Proposal is a must-have for every writer!

Screen Stage Marketing Secrets

BE YOUR OWN LITERARY AGENT I'm not saying to print business cards and form an agency , though you ( or your spouse ) can do so , but it is highly recommended not to try to cheat the filtering process . To sell scripts you can't sit back ...

Author: James Russell

Publisher: James Russell Publishing

ISBN: 0916367118

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 188

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Detailed procedures on how to sell your screenplay or stage script

Your First Novel Revised and Expanded Edition

A Top Agent and a Published Author Show You How to Write Your Book and Get It Pu blished Ann Rittenberg, Laura Whitcomb ... in greater detail in chapter 21, I would like to recommend How to Be Your Own Literary Agent, by Richard Curtis.

Author: Ann Rittenberg

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781440351921

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 320

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Your Expert Guide to Writing and Publishing a Novel In this revised and expanded edition of Your First Novel, novelist Laura Whitcomb, seasoned literary agent Ann Rittenberg, and her knowledgeable assistant, Camille Goldin, team up to provide you with the essential skills needed to craft the best novel you can--and the savvy business know-how to get it published. Complete with updated references, analysis of new best-selling novels, and the same detailed instruction, Whitcomb will show you how to: • Practice the craft of writing, using both your right- and left-brain • Develop a flexible card system for organizing and outlining plot • Create dynamic characters that readers love--and love to hate • Study classic novels and story structure to adapt with your ideas Featuring two new chapters on choosing your path as an author and understanding the world of self-publishing, Rittenberg and Goldin dive into the business side of publishing, including: • What agents can--and should--do for your future • Who you should target as an agent for your burgeoning career • How the mysterious auction for novels actually goes down • Why you should learn to work with your agent through thick and thin Guiding your first novel from early words to a spot on the bookshelf can be an exciting and terrifying journey, but you're not alone. Alongside the advice of industry veterans, Your First Novel Revised and Expanded also includes plenty of firsthand accounts from published authors on their journeys, including Dennis Lehane, C.J. Box, Kathleen McCleary, David Kazzie, and more.

How to Write and Sell True Crime

To learn all about agents, so that you will be able to carry on intelligent conversations, read How to Be Your Own Literary Agent by Richard Curtis (Houghton Mifflin), The Literary Agent and the Writer by Diane Cleaver (The Writer, ...

Author: Gary Provost

Publisher: Crossroad Press

ISBN:

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 149

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It all starts with a newspaper article depiciting an unthinkable crime in a local community. From these headlines, a skilled writer can weave a full-length book - developing the characters, determining the motives, reporting on the judgment. That writer could be you. If you're fascinated by unusual crime stories; if you want to know how to determine which stories have book potential; if you want to learn how to ferret out the details, the motives, and the psychological dramas that make up these crimes, this book is for you. Gary Provost, author of several true crime books and numerous other titles walks you through the process of writing a true crime story.

How to Get a Literary Agent

Six Criteria for Choosing the Right Agent for You DREAM JOB OPPORTUNITY Literary Agents Needed Now Start a new ... How Agents Become Agents Many agents succumbed to their own A Study in Read and Green: Six Criteria for Choosing the ...

Author: Michael Larsen

Publisher: Sourcebooks, Inc.

ISBN: 9781402234033

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 336

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Written by a top literary agent who gives writers an insider's view of how to find and work with an agent throughout the process of getting published. Includes: -- How to know that you're ready for an agent -- 7 ways to find an agent -- Writing a cover letter that grabs attention -- What to do with an agent once you've got one -- What you can expect and what you'd better not hope for -- Making sure this is the right agent for you -- Congratulations, now you have an agent AND an editor -- How to avoid the 7 worst pitfalls for aspiring writers -- And much, much more. In today's highly competitive publishing industry, literary agents are more important than ever. Whether you write fiction or non-fiction, reference or children's books, here is everything you need to know about using an agent to launch and sustain your literary career.a

Perle and Williams on Publishing Law

Such a clause appears because writers increasingly seek representation of their literary works by agents. ... See also Richard Curtis, How to Be Your Own Literary Agent (Houghton Mifflin 1996). For an agent's code of ethics, ...

Author: Mark A. Fischer

Publisher: Wolters Kluwer

ISBN: 9780735567184

Category: Law

Page: 1320

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This valuable handbook covers the relations between writer/publisher and publisher/public, including the latest approaches to clearing text for libel, privacy, and related legal exposure, contracts, negotiating royalties, advances, options, writer's warranty, subsidiary rights splits; intellectual property issues, including electronic publishing and software, trademark and copyright law, filing procedures; antitrust issues; with expert analysis on numerous other topics. By Mark A. Fischer, E. Gabriel Perle and John Taylor Williams. Perle, Williams and& Fischer on Publishing Law, Fourth Edition describes contract and problem issues commonly encountered in negotiating royalties, advances, options, writer's warranty, subsidiary rights splits, and much more. You'll also find intellectual property issues as they affect publishing, including electronic publishing and software, trademark and copyright law, filing procedures, antitrust issues, and more, including: Extensive coverage of copyright issues including fair use, duration and ownership. International considerations in publishing including coverage of conventions and treaties. The authors also look at international issues involved in contract drafting. Complete coverage of moral rights, what they are and how they are treated both domestically and internationally. An overview of how antitrust laws in the US impact publishing rights. Publishing contracts are examined in depth. Given that the publishing landscape now includes eBooks, periodicals, traditional print and multimedia considerations, drafting an effective contract has become even more important. The authors explore this topic in great detail. And much more.

Guide to Literary Agents 2020

Although there are many reasons to work with an agent, some authors can benefit from submitting their own work directly to book ... Let's say you manage to sign with one of the few literary agents who represent short story collections.

Author: Robert Lee Brewer

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9780593191033

Category: Reference

Page: 336

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The Best Resource Available for Finding a Literary Agent! No matter what you're writing--fiction or nonfiction, books for adults or children--you need a literary agent to get the best book deal possible from a traditional publisher. Guide to Literary Agents 2020 is your go-to resource for finding that literary agent and earning a contract from a reputable publisher. Along with listing information for more than 1,000 agents who represent writers and their books, the 29th edition of GLA includes: • The key elements of a successful nonfiction book proposal. • Informative articles on crafting the perfect synopsis and detailing what agents are looking for in the ideal client--written by actual literary agents. • Plus, a 30-Day Platform Challenge to help writers build their writing platforms +Includes 20 literary agents actively seeking writers and their writing

Jeff Herman s Guide to Book Publishers Editors and Literary Agents 2017

That's how I decided to become an agent. Chicago doesn't have too many literary agencies, so when there were no job openings at the already established agencies, ... What do you like reading/watching/listening to on your own time?

Author: Jeff Herman

Publisher: New World Library

ISBN: 9781608684052

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 672

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Still the Best Guide for Getting Published If you want to get published, read this book! Comprehensive index lists dozens of subjects and categories to help you find the perfect publisher or agent. Jeff Herman’s Guide unmasks nonsense, clears confusion, and unlocks secret doorways to success for new and veteran writers! This highly respected resource is used by publishing insiders everywhere and has been read by millions all over the world. Jeff Herman’s Guide is the writer’s best friend. It reveals the names, interests, and contact information of thousands of agents and editors. It presents invaluable information about more than 350 publishers and imprints (including Canadian and university presses), lists independent book editors who can help you make your work more publisher-friendly, and helps you spot scams. Jeff Herman’s Guide unseals the truth about how to outsmart the gatekeepers, break through the barriers, and decipher the hidden codes to getting your book published. Countless writers have achieved their highest aspirations by following Herman’s outside-the-box strategies. If you want to reach the top of your game and transform rejections into contracts, you need this book!

Ask a Literary Agent

This doesn't mean you need to refrain from approaching agents before you accomplish all of this; on the contrary, as I said, ... step of all is your willingness to devote a sustained, multi-year effort to building your bio on your own.

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Publisher: Lukeman Literary Management

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Get a Literary Agent

Standard, traditional literary agents make a commission off money made from any sales related to selling your book—from ... The only time you should ever be paying an agent out of your own pocket is for her expenses—and “recoupable ...

Author: Chuck Sambuchino

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781599638072

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 256

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The Ultimate Guide to Getting a Literary Agent! If you dream of scoring the best possible deal with a traditional publisher and seeing your book in print, you need literary representation. Filled with practical, straightforward advice and insider tips, Get a Literary Agent is a one-stop resource for writers of both fiction and nonfiction. You'll learn how to: • Research agents and target the best ones for your work • Navigate the submission process--from best practices to possible pitfalls • Craft a polished query letter and pitch your work effectively • Assemble a book proposal like a pro • Form a lasting partnership with your agent You'll also gain the advice of more than 100 literary agents who share their secrets for securing representation. If you've ever wondered what a literary agent can do for you--and why you need one--this invaluable guide provides the answers.

The Professional Literary Agent in Britain 1880 1920

In an 1897 letter to Watt dealing with the sale of Far above Rubies, MacDonald says, 'I hereby authorize you to dispose of it [the story] at your discretion, and I shall be glad if after re-paying yourself the £100, which you have ...

Author: Mary Ann Gillies

Publisher: University of Toronto Press

ISBN: 9780802091475

Category: History

Page: 247

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Breaking new ground in the study of British literary culture during an important, transitional period, this new work by Mary Ann Gillies focuses on the professional literary agent whose emergence in Britain around 1880 coincided with, and accelerated, the transformation of both publishing and authorship. Like other recent studies in book and print culture, The Professional Literary Agent in Britain, 1880-1920 starts from the central premise that the business of authorship is inextricably linked with the aesthetics of literary praxis. Rather than provide a broad overview of the period, however, Gillies focuses on a specific figure, the professional literary agent. She then traces the influence of two prominent agents - A. P. Watt (generally acknowledged as the first professional literary agent) and J. B. Pinker (the leading figure in the second wave of agents) - focusing on their respective relationships with two key clients. The case studies not only provide insight into the business dynamics of the literary world at this time, but also illustrate the shifting definition of literature itself during the period.

2013 Guide to Literary Agents

WHEN DON'T YOU NEED AN AGENT? Although there are many reasons to work with an agent, some authors can benefit from submitting their own work directly to book publishers. For example, if your project focuses on a very specific area, ...

Author: Chuck Sambuchino

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781599636368

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 364

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The Best Resource Available for Finding a Literary Agent! No matter what you're writing--fiction or nonfiction, books for kids or adults--you need a literary agent to secure a book deal. The 2013 Guide to Literary Agents is your essential resource for finding that literary agent--without fear of being scammed--and getting your book published. This new, updated edition of GLA includes: • Completely updated contact and submission information for more than 1,000 literary agents seeking new clients. • Craft and business advice from more than 35 literary agents--on topics such as query letters, children's books, synopses and proposals, memoir writing, first chapters, conferences, platform and more! • 12 "Breaking In" success stories from debut writers who explain how they got their books published. Includes "New Agent Spotlights"--profiles on literary reps actively building their client list right now. "The Guide to Literary Agents was an indispensable tool for me when I was querying agents. I highly recommend it for any aspiring author--in addition to a comprehensive listing of literary agents, it contains valuable information about the query and submission process." --Darien Gee, author of Friendship Bread: A Novel "I just signed with literary agent Chip MacGregor, and I came upon him through the Guide to Literary Agents. If not for GLA, I'd probably still be looking." --Les Edgerton, author of Hooked as well as several novels PLEASE NOTE: Free subscriptions are NOT included with the e-book edition of this title.

Mastering the Business of Writing

A Leading Literary Agent Reveals the Secrets of Success Richard Curtis ... "Agent's Corner," first saw the light of day early in 1981, and out of the first two dozen or so pieces I developed my book, How to Be Your Own Literary Agent.

Author: Richard Curtis

Publisher: Open Road Media

ISBN: 9781497622111

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 256

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One of the most comprehensive guides currently on the market, MASTERING THE BUSINESS OF WRITING is an insider's guide to the business of being a professional writer. All aspects of the publishing industry are explained, both for the aspiring author and the established writer wishing to jump start a professional career. This guide includes everything you need to know about publishers, agents, and the track to success, including: What agents do and how they develop relationships within the publishing industry that can be beneficial to your career; the best way to formulate a book proposal that sells; what publishers are really looking for in a book—and what they aren't; understanding technicalities of advances, contracts, multibook deals and subsidiary rights; the significance of sales conferences and bookstore chains; essential manners and protocols for establishing positive relations with your agent, editor and publisher, legal issues, copyright, and much, much more....

Your First Novel

An Author Agent Team Share the Keys to Achieving Your Dream Ann Rittenberg, Laura Whitcomb ... Consult Richard Curtis's book, How to be Your Own Literary Agent, which I recommended at the end of chapter eleven.

Author: Ann Rittenberg

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781582976952

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 300

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In Your First Novel, novelist Laura Whitcomb and seasoned literary agent Ann Rittenberg team up to provide you with the skills you need to write your dream novel and the savvy business know-how to get it published. In this all-in-one resource, you'll discover essential novel-writing techniques, such as: • How to best structure your research so that you can save time later • How to card your story before you start writing • What to consider when developing your cast of characters • How to adapt classic story structures to fit your own ideas …and insider information on what it takes to get published, including: • What agents do at those three-hour power lunches—and how it affects you • What makes an agent instantly reject a manuscript • How to correctly translate submission guidelines • What happens if you get multiple offers—or no offers at all Plus, learn about the publishing process from the firsthand accounts of such noted authors as Dennis Lehane, Kathryn Harrison, Jim Fusilli, Kathleen George, and others!

2011 Guide To Literary Agents

Guide to Literary Agents turns 20 with this edition, and it's still your one-stop resource for finding an agent. ... As a side note, I'm happy to tell you that my own literary agent sold my first book this year to Ten Speed Press ...

Author: Chuck Sambuchino

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781599634272

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 368

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Now includes subscription to GLA online (the agents section of writersmarket.com)! Now in its 20th year, Guide to Literary Agents is a writer's best resource for finding a literary agent who can represent their work to publishing houses, big and small. The days when a writer could deal directly with a large publisher are over. Literary agents represent writers and shepherd manuscripts to the right editor; and a good representative is the difference between a published book and a manuscript that never gets read. To help writers acquire an agent, GLA provides names and specialties for more than 750 individual agents around the United States and the world. GLA includes more than 90 pages of original articles on finding the best agent to represent your work and how to seal the deal. From identifying your genre to writing query letters to avoiding agent pet peeves, GLA will help writers deal with agents every step of the way. NOTE: Subsciption to GLA online NOT included with e-book edition.